Third Friday brings March Madness to downtown Medford. Paintings, drawings and collages by 34 local students will be displayed from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 15, in the Sparta Building and Vogel Plaza, weather permitting. For the exhibit, students were given four themes to work from: "Teamwork," "The Art of the Slam Dunk," "March Madness Inspirations and Visions" and "My Favorite Sport."
There also will be a free-throw contest for everyone, with a trophy for the winner in the K-12 bracket.
"Elements: Air, Earth, Fire and Water," featuring 25 textile works, mostly artistic quilts, by 10 fiber artists from the Northwest-based group High Fiber Diet, will be displayed through Friday, April 12, at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center. An opening reception with wine by RoxyAnn Winery, cheeses by Rogue Creamery, snacks by Harry & David and a print-making demonstration by Grants Pass artist Walt Padgett will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 40 S. Bartlett St.
For the exhibit, artists depicted colorful vistas and abstract visions inspired by nature, using colorful fabrics, intricate stitch patterns, paints, beads, stamps, stencils, dyes and other embellishments. For more information, call 541-772-8118 or see www.roguegallery.org.
"En Plein Air," a selection of watercolor and pastel landscapes and waterscapes by Pat Blair, will be featured this month at Art du Jour. When the weather is nice, Blair prefers to work outdoors and is particularly attracted to rivers, big-sky scenes, open fields, mountains and rolling green hills.
Blair will be available to discuss her work at an artists' reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 213 E. Main St. Refreshments and wine will be served. For more information, call 541-770-3190 or see www.artdujourgallery.com.
Pastel paintings by Lyle Matoush, fractal digital art by Martin Ball and ceramics by Molly Roberts will be displayed at the RCC-SOU Higher Education Center, 101 S. Bartlett St., and several other downtown businesses and restaurants will be open and showing art for Third Friday.
Parking in downtown Medford and in the parking structure on Sixth Street is free after 5 p.m. weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.
Artists working in all media are invited to participate in a rotating schedule for the Third Friday art walks. Contact the Arts Council of Southern Oregon at 541-779-2820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.